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Obama: Africa is 'rising'

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“Many of the fastest growing economies in the world are here in Africa, where there is a historic shift taking place, from poverty to a growing, nascent middle class,” Obama added. “There’s an energy here that can’t be denied — Africa rising.”

Obama’s remarks came after the first family traveled to Robben Island, where former South African President Nelson Mandela had been imprisoned for 18 years during the anti-apartheid struggle.

The 94-year-old Mandela was hospitalized earlier this month with a serious lung infection that has left him fighting for his life.

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